Hard Luck for Tyrod Taylor: The Quarterback Who Can’t Seem to Get a Break

Hasn’t Tyrod Taylor been through enough at this point? The New York Giants announced Monday that Taylor would return from injured reserve. However, the 13-year pro served as the team’s backup quarterback in Monday night’s upset win over the Green Bay Packers. When asked about the decision, Taylor reportedly admitted he was “disappointed, but it’s part of the game.” Taylor is no stranger to losing starting jobs because of injury. In fact, it’s pretty much defined his career. Taylor’s career as a starting quarterback began in 2015 as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Over three seasons, the 2011 sixth-round pick made the Bills a competitive franchise for the first time in over a decade. However, Buffalo traded Taylor to the Cleveland Browns two months after a 10-3 Wild Card loss to the Jaguars. In Cleveland, Taylor started the first three games of the season before being knocked out of the Browns’ Week 3 matchup against the Jets. The following offseason, Taylor signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he would back up for Philip Rivers. During the 2020 offseason, Rivers bolted for the Indianapolis Colts and Taylor was named the team’s starting quarterback. He was set to make his Week 2 start against the Kansas City Chiefs before suffering a pregame rib injury. Taylor then moved to the Houston Texans, but was knocked out midway through the second game. Now, Taylor is being usurped for a fifth time. DeVito likely won’t be the Giants’ long-term answer at quarterback, but the upset victories and meme status achieved over his first four starts likely make the undrafted free agent the team’s answer for the rest of the season. Taylor has an established history of being a capable starter, even on bad teams. His career 27-27-1 record is a testament to his ability to adapt to most offenses and serve teams in a pinch. If only Taylor didn’t have to make these Promethean sacrifices for every new team he joins.